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The YA Countdown: Why Can’t YA Adaptations Be Summer Blockbusters?

hunger-games-the-giverThe summer season is most definitely the time for major moneymaking at the box office. If just about every young-adult book-to-film adaptation out there is outwardly vying to become the next Hunger Games, why not plop it down right in the middle of summer to maximize its box office potential?

Pros: The obvious pro to being a summer season release is that movies arriving during the summertime tend to be some of the year’s highest earners. If you look at last year’s top three biggest openers, two were summer debuts and the sole anomaly was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which arrived in November. The year before? Same thing. Hunger Games hit it big in March, but The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises both crushed it in summer slots. There’s just always more money to go around during the summer season. Generally we see a box office spike the first weekend of May and then the overall gross total flirts with the $200 million line through the end of July before the August drop-off.

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The Most Overused Movie-Based Costumes Ever (and the Ones We’d Like to See More Of)

Costume_MainHalloween comes with the opportunity to ditch your typical attire and get creative. Why blow it? Here, 10 overused looks to avoid and 10 getups we want to see you in this year.

Ghostface

Even as someone who’s proud to dub Scream a favorite film of all-time, the Ghostface costumes just have to stop. The getup was an eerie, novel new look when the film first hit, but now it doesn’t matter if you go for the classic Scream model, the silly Scary Movie edition, or even the one showered in blood. It’s all been done before. Many, many times before.

Michael Myers

Michael Myers has been around since John Carpenter’s Halloween arrived back in 1978, so the costume craze was and is inevitable, but the bigger problem with this look is that it’s become so commercial. A hulking, unkempt, and deftly defined Michael in the film is horrifying, but slap on a bright blue jumpsuit and a pristine white mask and you’ll look more like a cartoon character than a ruthless killer.

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From ‘Trollhunter’ to ‘V/H/S’ – Movie Monsters Deserving of Their Own Prequels

Monsters_UniversityBack in 2001, Mike and Sulley were a Monsters, Inc.factory dream team. Sulley racked up enough scares to get himself to the top of the scare charts and Mike functioned as the ultimate wingman, keeping his big best furry friend on top of his game. But no one just starts at the top. They had to work their way up and, it turns out, watching Mike and Sulley find their groove at college makes for a worthy Monsters, Inc. prequel. In honor of Monsters University’s June 21 release, we take a look at 10 other big-screen aliens, dinosaurs and obscure creatures deserving of a prequel of their own.

Cloverfield Monster

Due to the found-footage perspective, we never get to learn all that much about the Cloverfield monster’s origins, but even though producer J.J. Abrams, director Matt Reeves and writer Drew Goddard chose to do that deliberately to make the point-of-view approach more realistic, they still did go into production with a solid understanding of “Clover’s” condition. Abrams explained, “He’s a baby. He’s brand new. He’s confused, disoriented and irritable. And he’s been down there in the water for thousands and thousands of years.” Reconsidering the monster’s New York City rampage with those attributes in mind undoubtedly makes you wonder where did he (she?) come from and why.

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Movie Characters We Wish Were Real

We’ve all gone to the movies at some point and walked away wishing a particular character was real. What if someone like Batman were there to fight crime, or what if all our toys magically came to life and went on adventures while we slept at night?

Ruby Sparks (in limited release this weekend) stars Paul Dano as Calvin, a struggling writer whose big breakthrough arrives when one of his characters (played by Zoe Kazan) comes to life. In an effort to have some fun with that plot, we took a look at some big-screen characters capable of making the real world a better place, or at the very least a little bit cooler.

Tony Stark (Iron Man)

Who wouldn’t want to live in a world where superheroes really do exist? Spider-Man and Superman would be great, but do they come with a multibillion-dollar corporation like Stark Industries? In addition to getting a guy capable of zipping around the world at a moment’s notice, annihilating enemies with the palms of his hands and exhibiting incredible strength, should Iron Man become the real deal, in comes a technology company with seemingly endless resources that is responsible for developing weapon and defense products of superhuman quality.

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Cast Reunions that Should and Shouldn’t Happen

If you haven’t noticed, this industry loves to use and reuse material, spawning sequels, reboot and now reunions. There’s been a whopping six American Pie movies since the very first hit theaters in 1999, but come Friday, we’ll see the entire original gang back together again for the very first time since 2001’s American Pie 2. Should American Reunion blow away the box office, there’s certainly a good shot reunion movies could become the next big thing and, should that be the case, we’re prepared with some good options, and some not-so-good ones, too.

Spoiler Alert – Plot/movie conclusion discussion ahead!

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The Good, the Bad, and the Bogus: Big Screen Villainesses

It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Julia Roberts back on the big screen – well, in an enjoyable and lucrative type of way. It’s tough to say whether or not Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror will get this iconic A-lister back on track, but based on all the promotional material that’s hit thus far, it sure looks like Roberts had a blast playing the Evil Queen.

Before we find out whether or not Roberts does do this big time baddie justice, let’s check out what she’s up against by taking a look at the good, bad and bogus of big screen villainesses.

Good: The Wicked Witch of the West

Do anything remotely mean to a dog and you’re evil to the max in my book. But not only does The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West threaten poor Toto, she unleashes her wrath upon just about everyone in the film, a band of the most innocent and loveable characters cinema has to offer. Sure, Dorothy had a little something to do with the death of the Wicked Witch’s sister, but a simple “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you” might have been the more appropriate route. The Wicked Witch of the West is evil in the purest form and, in turn, has become one of the most iconic villainesses in film history.

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Interview: The Woman in Black’s Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe playing someone other than Harry Potter is one thing, but Daniel Radcliffe starring in a horror film? Shortly after taking his final bow as Harry Potter in The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Radcliffe is back on the big screen in The Woman in Black.

Radcliffe leads as Arthur Kipps, a young father who’s still reeling from his wife’s passing during childbirth. Now a solo parent, Arthur needs to support his son and that means sorting out the legal affairs of the recently deceased owner of the secluded Eel Marsh House. However, upon arriving in town, Arthur comes to learn that this gig is going to be a tough one, not only because the home is overflowing with paperwork, but also because the house isn’t as empty as he was led to believe.

On the occasion of The Woman in Black’s February 3rd release, Radcliffe sat down to talk all about the transition from Potter to horror, his own unease with the genre, the preparation necessary for embodying such a troubled character and much more. Check it all out in the interview below.

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